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St Andrews Churchyard

St Andrew’s churchyard gates and railings are back! They look amazing.

The gates and railings were removed back in March by Classic Gates and Railings. They have been shot blasted to remove decades of rust and damage. Classic Gates and Railings carried out the necessary repairs and replaced missing iron work. The gates and railings were then taken for galvanising to provide rust proofing and finally were powder coated black.

Temporary Traffic Restrictions

Temporary Traffic Notice

Annual Parish Meeting

This year’s Annual Parish Meeting was a little different to previous meetings. Groups and organisations joined the Parish Council at the Parish Hall on Saturday, 26th April for a coffee morning. It was a great turn out with groups and organisations showing the community what they had been up to through eye catching displays. Minutes from the meeting are on the Routine Business page.

Check out the video Cllr Fileman-Wright made of the morning.

Temporary Traffic Notice

Queen’s Green Canopy

The Parish Council has planted 7 Oak Trees in the Sentry this morning as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy. This is a nationwide planting initiative created to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

The Council agreed to plant 7 trees to celebrate each decade of the Queen’s historic reign whilst benefitting the wider community and the environment.

Thank you to the volunteers who made this happen.

Beating The Bounds

Beating the Bounds of the Parish from Didworthy to Fingle Bridge is being organised for Sunday, 10th April, pick up in Court Street Car Park at 09.30 and return for 14.00. The route is 7.05 miles long.

If you would like to join the Council in keeping this tradition alive you will need to book a place on the minibus via the Clerk; 01647 440041 or clerk20@moretonhampstead-pc.gov.uk. Please bring a packed lunch, stout footwear and dress according to the weather.

Dartmoor National Park Authority offer free training

As part of the DCR project, we are funding FREE training sessions for small business owners over the next few weeks. Working with South Devon College & Clearlead, we’re delivering four training sessions around marketing, SEO and climate change as a direct response to suggestions from last October’s business survey. Please do pass on the below information to the businesses within your parish to ensure they can take advantage of these free opportunities:

  1. Search Engine Optimisation for small businesses Wed 9 Feb 2pm to 4pm at Parke, Bovey Tracy.
  1. Social Media and Marketing for small businesses Wed 23 Feb 2pm to 4pm at Princetown Visitor Centre. Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/social-media-marketing-training-for-small-businesses-tickets-261929416937

The UK has around 53 million social media users – so it’s easy to see the attraction of using social media to connect with new customers and win more business.  This two-hour session will explore the ways in which businesses can use the major social media platforms effectively.

  1. Introduction to sustainability in businessFri 25 Feb 2pm to 4pm at Parke, Bovey Tracy. Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-sustainability-for-small-businesses-tickets-266876423567

This session will introduce the concepts of sustainability and the varying methods for quantifying this in businesses. It will move on to how this can be related to businesses operating within the setting of Dartmoor National Park, and look at common challenges and potential opportunities for improving sustainability. This will be an interactive session which will allow ample opportunities to ask specific questions and queries relating to your business and everyday practices.

  1. Utilising green transport: Thu 24 Mar 2pm to 4pm at Princetown Visitor Centre. Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/utilising-green-transport-for-small-businesses-tickets-266883043367 The session will begin with an introduction to green transport, an overview of potential technologies currently available and a look at the technologies which are likely to be readily available in the future. It will then move on to look at a range of the technologies available through the lens of those living and working within DNPA, outlining current practical solutions and options for the future in business. This will also be an interactive session and questions are encouraged to ensure participants get the full benefit from the session.

Booking is essential and places are limited, so secure your place soon – they are first come-first served. If you have any questions about these training sessions, please get in touch.

2022 OPEN SPACES TENDER

Moretonhampstead Parish Council is inviting tenders for the following contracts:

  • St Andrews Churchyard, please refer to the map
  • Sentry and Children’s Play Area
  • Pound, Henge and around the Coronation bench in Ford Street
  • Grass Verges
  • Digging Graves, Ashes Plots and Interments

Tenders to be submitted by 12 noon 08/04/2022

FREE ADVICE ON YOUR ENERGY BILLS THIS WINTER FROM DEVON COMMUNITIES TOGETHER 

With rising energy bills and intense pressures on household finances this winter, independent charity Devon Communities Together is providing 1-2-1 support to individuals who are struggling with fuel bills and heating their homes, thanks to funding from Western Power Distribution.  The charity can offer home visits, video calls and telephone support, with trained experts giving practical advice on tackling energy issues tailored to each household.  “We know this winter is proving to be very tough for many households in Devon,” said Harry Bonnell, Project Manager at Devon Communities Together. “We are here to support those households that are worried about their energy bills so please do book a session and speak to one of our advisors if you would like some help.”  The support Devon Communities Together is offering includes:

  • Practical help dealing with energy suppliers and finding the right tariff
  • Checking eligibility for schemes such as the Priority Service Register and Warm Home Discount
  • Assistance accessing financial support
  • Help understanding the terminology around domestic energy
  • Looking at alternative energy sources/suppliers
  • Improving your energy efficiency
  • Any other questions

 As well as providing personalised help with energy bills, Devon Communities Together will be able to support people with related issues, such as housing and health challenges, by working with other organisations to ensure that people receive the help they need. How to bookPeople can book an individual support session by clicking the link below and choosing an available time that suits them. If anyone has any questions or would like to discuss a session outside office hours, please get in touch with Martin07984 001542 martin@devoncommunities.org.uk.  

BOOK A FREE ADVICE SESSION HERE: https://linktr.ee/DCTenergyadvice

PARISH COUNCIL CASUAL VACANCY

We are authorised by Teignbridge District Council to co-opt a person to fill a casual vacancy.

The deadline to apply is 25th January 2022.  Please complete the Application form expressing your interest to Sam Parkin, Clerk, Moretonhampstead Parish Council, Green Hill, Fore Street, Moretonhampstead TQ13 8LL clerk20@moretonhampstead-pc.gov.uk. Paper Application forms can be obtained from the Clerk. Applicants will be considered at the full Council meeting on 1st February 2022.

If you would like to know more about being a Councillor, the level of commitment and Council activities please contact the Clerk, Sam, who will be happy to answer your questions.

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Any person wishing to be considered to act as a Parish Councillor must be qualified to hold office. Sections 79-81 of the Local Government Act 1972 contain the relevant provisions regarding the qualification of candidates, as follows:

To qualify as a candidate and to continue to hold the office of Parish Councillor a person must be a British or Commonwealth citizen, citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a citizen of another Member State of the European Union and, on the relevant day, must have attained the age of eighteen years.

In addition, the candidate must qualify under at least one of the following conditions:–

  • on that day and thereafter s/he continues to be registered as a local government elector for the parish (meaning the whole area of the parish);
  • during the whole of the 12 months preceding s/he has occupied as owner or tenant land or other premises in the parish;
  • during the 12 months preceding their principal or only place of work has been in the parish; or
  • during the whole of the 12 months preceding s/he has been resident in the parish or within 4.8 kilometers of it (of its parish boundary).

11 January 2022

Email clerk20@moretonhampstead-pc.gov

1st Round Grant Applications

The Parish Council allocate grants twice a year to local organisations based in the Parish and which provide economic, social or cultural well-being of the community of Moretonhampstead.

Return completed application forms to clerk20@moretonhampstead-pc.gov.uk

Please read the Grant Awarding Policy before applying.

Casual Vacancy

Notice is hereby given pursuant to rule 5 of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England & Wales) Rules 2006, that consequent upon the resignation of Councillor Laurence Cosnett, a casual vacancy exists in the Office of Councillor for the said Parish.

If a request for an election to fill the said vacancy signed by ten registered electors of the said Parish is received on or before 05 January 2022 by the Proper Officer of Forde House Brunel Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 4XX , an election will be held to fill the said vacancy.

If no such notice is received by the Proper Officer, the vacancy will be filled by the Parish Council by co-option.

Christmas Lights Switch-On

How great was the Christmas Light Switch-On??

The Parish Council are grateful to everybody involved in making the event so spectacular. The event went ahead despite Storm Arwen’s best efforts and had the biggest turn out to date. As reported in last month’s issue, local businesses and individuals contributed towards purchasing additional Christmas lights. Unfortunately, due to the weather conditions not all of the lights purchased were put up.

Santa turned up at 5.30pm in his twinkly ride; queues quickly formed outside Baskervilles Ice Cream Parlour where a magical Grotto had been set up and snow was falling. It was lovely to see the joy on the children’s faces. 14 stall holders braved the cold to delight us with treats and Christmas gifts.

Moor Voices entertained us with Christmas Carols around the Christmas tree kindly donated by Gidleigh Forestry before Santa led the countdown to switch on the lights which was met with a cheer from the crowd. Next up was the Primary School Choir who sounded delightful singing a selection of Christmas songs. Panic Pete and the Roughbeats ended the night and warmed everyone up with their lively music.

Moreton is very lucky to have so many volunteers and the Council would like to thank all who helped to make the Switch-On the success it was.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

Christmas Lights Switch-On

The Parish Council are looking forward to the Christmas Light Switch-On event. The celebrations will begin at 5.30pm when Father Christmas will arrive; he is looking forward to meeting children in his grotto at Baskervilles. There will be an assortment of stalls in the square selling food, drink and Christmas gifts. Shops will also be staying open for late night shopping. The big countdown to the light switch on will be at 6.30pm. Stalls will stay open until 8.30pm. Of course, there will be entertainment provided by Moor Voices at 6.15pm, the School Choir at 6.35pm and Panic Pete and the Roughbeats at 7pm. The night doesn’t end there; MED Theatre has arranged a Ceilidh Dance in the Parish Hall from 8pm. Details can be found at http://www.medtheatre.co.uk

DEVON’S BEST CHURCHYARD COMPETITION

Back in the Summer we entered the Churchyard into the Devon’s Best Churchyard Competition. the results are in and we are proud to announce the Churchyard was awarded a Certificate of Merit.

Letter received from the Judges:

Firstly, thank you very much for entering our competition this year. We very much appreciate the support of our competition in it’s fourth year.


Once again we had a wide range of entries from right across the county.  We say it every year, but all the churchyards we visited are wonderful and the volunteers who look after them do an amazing job.


Because of the lockdown etc, judging was delayed, but was completed by the end of August. We really enjoyed visiting all the entries and it was really good to visit Moretonhampstead- you do a wonderful job there.


We judge the competition each year starting from scratch, so we are judging each year’s entries against each other.  This year we are delighted to award Moretonhampstead a Certificate of Merit, in recognition of the great work that you do there.


The full results are:

Winner – St Andrew’s, Ashburton

Runner Up – St Peter’s, Budleigh Salterton

Highly Commended – St Mary’s, Buckland Filleigh; St Swithun’s Woodbury; St Swithun’s Shobrooke.

A Certificate of Excellence is awarded to All Saints, East Budleigh and Most Improved is awarded to Holy Trinity, Buckfastleigh.


The Judges Report

Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain is coming to Devon on the 6th September 2021!Starting in Sherford and crossing the finish line in Exeter, the cyclists with get to enjoy a beautiful route across the South Hams and Dartmoor National Park. The race will pass through Moretonhampstead. Approximate timings are as follows:

14.20 – 14.42 The advance escort managing the race and rolling road should arrive in Moretonhampstead

14:35 – 15:22 The race should pass through Moretonhampstead

To ensure the safe passage of the race it has been necessary to implement a clearway (no waiting or parking) as the race passes through Moretonhampstead. The clearway will run from 09:30 until 16:00 with signage about the clearway going up one week ahead of the event. Signs will either be A-frames or mounted to lamp columns or posts on highly visible yellow signs. A recovery vehicle will travel approximately 2hrs ahead of the race to remove any vehicles that are parked illegally within the clearway. A small number of cones may also be distributed along the clearway, the evening before the event.

Find out more about the event: www.devontourofbritain.co.uk #DevonToB

Meet & Greet

The Council are holding a ‘Meet & Greet morning at Green Hill on Saturday, 10th July from 10am – noon.

Residents are invited to meet their Councillors who will answer any questions and take suggestions on local issues. The Council are particularly interested in hearing resident’s views on the management of the churchyard.

For any residents not able to attend the Meet & Greet, the Council would like to know your views on the management of the Churchyard – Management of St Andrews Churchyard Survey

Thank You Day

Sunday, 4th July, the Council and Wellmoor would like to thank all of Moreton’s volunteers, whether you signed up to help your community during the Coronavirus lockdown in 2020/21, or whether you worked as a volunteer for another local organisation during this period – we would like to acknowledge all of our town’s wonderful volunteers and thank you for your generosity of spirit.

We will be handing out a free takeaway cream tea as a small token of our appreciation. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers!

New Information Board on the Wray Valley Trail

The Council were concerned that when trail users reached the end of the Wray Valley Trail it wasn’t clear where the town centre was or what facilities the town has. It was agreed in October 2020 to apply for a grant from the County Councillors locality budget and proceed with the planning application for the signs. The Council were successful in both their grant and planning applications. SJB Signs made the bespoke signs and installed them on a wet May morning.

The Council look forward to welcoming the visitors from the trail.

Statement – Death of Prince Philip

Cllr Vivienne Hodges, Chair of Moretonhampstead Parish Council said, “It is with great sadness that I learnt today of the death of Prince Philip.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was an outstanding public servant who gave his life to the service of the Country and also the Commonwealth, and communities across the district will be saddened by this news.

Here in the parish we will be marking his death respectfully in a number of ways and the Union Flag at the War Memorial is already flying at half-mast, and will continue to do so until 8am on the day after the funeral.

During the current public health situation, Books of Condolence will not be available for the public to sign.

Members of the public wishing to express their condolences are encouraged to send a message to the Royal Family via the online Book of Condolence at https://www.royal.uk/books-condolence.

May he rest in peace.”

SCAM ALERT

PCSO Paul Wilson has asked the Council to share the latest Scam Alert with the community.

Report non-emergency crimes online

Email 101@dc.police.uk for non-urgent reports and queries

Police Enquiry Offices

Ask NED online if you’re not sure who to call

Devon and Cornwall Alert – keeping our communities in the know

In an emergency always call 999

Devon’s Carbon Plan

 The Interim Devon Carbon Plan is live and out for public consultation, running until the 15th February.

Posters promoting the plan stated a paper copy of the plan and consultation could be picked up from libraries. Due to recent lockdown restrictions libraries in Devon are closed. Therefore, paper copies cannot be picked up from libraries. Instead we are asking if those who were hoping to get a paper copy could be directed towards this phone number: 0345 155 1015.

Alternatively, email environmentalpolicy@devon.gov.uk to request a copy.

If you know of any offline friends or family members please do let them know they can still receive a paper copy via post by contacting the above number.

The Climate Change and Ecological working group are working on a response on behalf of the Parish Council. We would encourage residents to view and comment on the plan. The more responses they receive, the better the final plan can represent the wants and needs of the people of Devon.

You can find the plan online here: www.devonclimateemergency.org.uk/interimcarbonplan  

Santa Visits Moretonhampstead

Unfortunately Santa wasn’t able to meet the children in his normal Grotto this year. As a way of thanking the Children of Moreton for giving up so much to keep everyone safe through the pandemic, the Parish Council decided to take Santa to them! Santa’s present run was undertaken from the comfort of a pickup truck, as the run had to travel up several cul-de-sacs and the turning circle of harnessed reindeers was investigated but found to be excessive for Moreton. Santa was assisted with the door to door distribution by mischievous Elves from Headcase Hairdressers and the Coop. Thank you so much to all who volunteered to make this special event happen and thank you to M P Plumbing for sponsoring the Elves thank you gifts!

The Parish Council would like to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas.

Thank you Moretonhampstead

Moretonhampstead Parish Council supported by Dartmoor National Park, determined to mark the outstanding contribution from all our traders, health professionals and voluntary organisations for going above and beyond during the initial lockdown and subsequent (ongoing) pandemic. Plans were initially laid to tie these presentations to the annual Christmas light switch-on and Santa’s arrival in his regular town centre grotto. The pandemic put paid to these plans and so a small gift and a certificate of appreciation was delivered on Friday 4th December. The Co-op, at the heart of the village, has been open through thick and thin and all our shops, hospitality outlets have adapted to serve the community with home deliveries, takeaway services etc . Over 100 volunteers registered at the start of the pandemic to assist the elderly, infirm and those isolating, with shopping, collection of medicines and befriending. All these arrangements and voluntary efforts have allowed the town to adapt successfully to the challenge and achieve a good degree of normality in exceptional circumstances. To distribute the tokens of the community’s esteem, a vintage Bentley, formerly used by David Niven in the original Casino Royale film, was pressed into service. The presentations were made by PC Chair, Vivienne Hodges and supported by the event organiser Parish Clerk Sam Parkin. The Parish Council is very grateful to Mike Rego for taking photographs.

Remembrance Sunday

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

Thank you to Lynn Bartlett for all her hard work in ensuring the memorial went smoothly.

Wonderful Wildflowers

Have you seen the wonderful display of oxeye daisies, clover, and bird’s-foot trefoil along the verges at Chagford Cross?

The Parish Council have reduced the cutting of these as much as possible to leave lots of food and habitat for pollinators and hopefully lots of other wildlife.

Summer Flower Baskets

Summer has arrived! Court Street is looking amazing with its beautiful flower baskets lovingly put together by Teign Valley Nurseries. Thank you to Mary Jones for keeping them watered throughout the Summer.

Rural Skip Service

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic this service has been cancelled.

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